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Summer of the Sea Serpent (Magic Tree House Series #31)

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Jack and Annie's summer vacation is no day at the beach!

The bestselling, fan-favorite chapter-book series celebrates the summer solstice! In the paperback edition of the 31st Magic Tree House adventure, Jack and Annie are on a quest to a seaside land of mystery and myth, where they must overcome their fears and solve an ancient riddle. Magic Tree House books are New York Times bestsellers. They are known all...

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Overview

Jack and Annie's summer vacation is no day at the beach!

The bestselling, fan-favorite chapter-book series celebrates the summer solstice! In the paperback edition of the 31st Magic Tree House adventure, Jack and Annie are on a quest to a seaside land of mystery and myth, where they must overcome their fears and solve an ancient riddle. Magic Tree House books are New York Times bestsellers. They are known all around the world as books that inspire reading. Find out why with Summer of the Sea Serpent!

Jack and Annie travel in their magic tree house to the land of the mystical selkies to seek a magical sword for Merlin.

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Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House kids are on a pre-Camelot quest in the 31st installment -- and the third Merlin Missions book -- in the smash-hit series.

After Jack and Annie find a seashell challenging them to locate a "shining sword" or "Camelot's king shall meet his doom," the Magic Tree House spins them off to a jagged coastline, where their harrowing journey begins. Almost immediately, a mysterious Water Knight astride a horse-fish appears and takes them to the Cave of the Spider Queen, where the duo fight tidal waves and come face to face with the arachnid herself. After escaping and meeting two seals -- who turn out to be the magician Teddy and a selkie, a human on land who becomes a seal in the water -- they dive back under the sea and eventually confront their worst battle yet: an enormous, slithering sea serpent who guards the sword. Thankfully, Jack and Annie use brain power to get past the creature and take their prize, returning it to mighty Merlin and securing Camelot.

Chock-full of suspenseful adventure as never before, Osborne's 31st tale will keep fans happily hissing for what's to come. Now that the Merlin Missions books are done, kids will be anxious to learn what magical adventures await, and, as always, they'll appreciate the author's note that adds a helpful historical perspective on the book. Jack and Annie's serpent-y summer gives a whole new dimension to beach reading. Matt Warner

Children's Literature
In the third "Merlin Mission" from the "Magic Tree House" series (#31), Jack and Annie travel to a misty seacoast, reminiscent of Ireland or Scotland, to retrieve the Sword of Light. To accomplish their task, they—along with the reader—must solve the clues in Merlin's riddle and face such frightening sounding creatures as the Spider Queen and the Old Gray Ghost. Once in the mystical land, they meet their friend, Teddy, from the second "Merlin Mission," Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve ("Magic Tree House" series #30) and a selkie, a creature who is seal in the water and human on land. The Spider Queen turns out to be helpful and the Gray Ghost merely the fog, but the Sea Serpent itself, who guards the Sword of Light, is a foe until the children realize that the revered sword is special because its purpose is peace, not war. Returning the sword to Merlin, they save the future of Camelot. Although this story is not as compelling or informative as others in the "Magic Tree House" series, it provides the usual adventure and plot that fans are so fond of. 2004, Random House, Ages 7 to 10.
—Kathryn Erskine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375864919
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series , #31
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 21,675
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 5.22 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Pope Osborne

MARY POPE OSBORNE is the author of many novels, picture books, story collections, nonfiction books, and chapter books—including all of the Magic Tree House books, which have been translated into numerous languages around the world. She works with her husband, Will, and her sister, Natalie, on the nonfiction companion series, Magic Tree House Research Guides. Mary lives in Connecticut with Will and their three Norfolk terriers, Joey, Mr. Bezo, and Little Bear. For more information, visit MaryPopeOsborne.com.

SAL MURDOCCA has illustrated over 200 children's trade and textbooks. He is also a librettist for a children's opera, a video artist, an avid runner, hiker, and bicyclist, and a teacher of children's illustration at the Parsons School of Design. He has illustrated all of the Magic Tree House books and all of the Magic Tree House Research Guides. Sal and his wife split their time between New York and France.

Biography

Ever since 1992, Mary Pope Osborne has been thrilling kids everywhere with her delightfully exciting Magic Tree House series. The globetrotting escapades of time travelers Jack and Annie are brimming with adventure and magic (not to mention some subtly placed lessons on history and geography). With a life like Osborne's, it's only natural that she would be capable of bringing such wondrous stories to life.

Osborne was brought up in a military family, and her parents' work led to a lifestyle marked by constant change. "By the time I was 15," she says on randomhouse.com, "I had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida, and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina." While many kids would probably feel disoriented by such constant change, Osborne wouldn't have had it any other way. "Moving was never traumatic for me, but staying in one place was. When my dad finally retired to a small town in North Carolina, I nearly went crazy with boredom. I craved the adventure and changing scenery of our military life."

And adventure is exactly what Osborne got! After college, she embarked on a series of daring treks across the globe that would surely give Jack and Annie a run for their money. "For a while I camped in a cave on the island of Crete," she said. "Then I joined up with a small band of European young people heading to 'The East.' We traveled through 11 Asian countries and nearly lost our lives, first in an earthquake in northern Afghanistan and then in a riot in Kabul."

Following an illness she contracted in Katmandu, Osborne returned home to the U.S. trying her hand at a vast variety of jobs: window dresser, medical assistant, Russian travel consultant, waitress, bartender, and an assistant editor at a children's magazine. Although Osborne had unconsciously moved closer toward her ultimate career, she says that her first attempts at writing seemed to come without warning. "One day, out of the blue, I began writing a story about an 11-year-old girl in the South," she recalls. "The girl was a lot like me, and many of the incidents in the story were similar to happenings in my childhood...it became a young adult novel called Run, Run Fast as You Can. Finally, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up."

She sure did! Since then, Osborne has penned a slew of stories, including picture books, chapter books, middle-grade biographies, and young adult novels; but she is indisputably best known for her wonderful Magic Tree House books, a happy hodge-podge of history and mystery with a time travel theme kids find irresistible. No doubt inspired by Osborne's own highly adventurous life, these exiting expeditions have attracted droves of children and pleased educators by combining compulsively readable storytelling with useful facts about geography and history.

As was written of the series in Children's Literature, "Mary Pope Osborne provides nicely paced excitement for young readers, and there's just enough information mixed in so that children will take away some historical fact along with a sense of accomplishment at having completed a chapter book." As much as Osborne has certainly pleased her readers (not to mention their parents and teachers), perhaps no one is quite as pleased as she. "I'm one of those very lucky people who absolutely loves what they do for a living," she explained. "There is no career better suited to my eccentricities, strengths, and passions than that of a children's book author."

Good To Know

A few fascinating outtakes from our interview with Osborne:

"One of the most defining experiences of my life was traveling overland in an old van through the Middle East and Asia in the early 1970's. One day, when a small group of us were camped in a remote part of northern Afghanistan, we saw a woman riding horseback over the sloping plain. Her long brown hair floated on the wind and she wore a bright gypsy-style dress. When she got closer, I realized she was one of my roommates from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill! Though I didn't even know she'd left the U.S.—and she didn't know I was in Afghanistan, we weren't that surprised to come upon each other. That says a lot about the times we were living in then."

"After 26 years of living in New York City, my husband Will and I now spend most of our time in Northwestern Connecticut, living in a house that overlooks a lake. We kayak and hike with our two Norfolk terriers, Joey and Mr. Bezo. Will's learning Italian, and I've been working with a tutor for two years trying to understand Dante's Divine Comedy. One of my biggest hobbies is reading philosophy and theology. We spend lots of time, of course, on our work. After writing three shows for the Morehead Planetarium in North Carolina, Will's writing a musical based on the Magic Tree House series. I'm writing book # 38 in the series. I also spend a lot of time with my sister Natalie Pope Boyce who works on the Magic Tree House Research Guides. Natalie and our nephews and some of our best friends live nearby in the Berkshires Hills of Massachusetts, so we're up there a lot, too. My only complaint is there is not enough time to do all I want to do. For instance, I'd love to take drawing classes and I'd love to paint the lake we're living on. And I'd love to bird watch and become a better cook and learn about classical music. Maybe sometime in the future...."

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    1. Hometown:
      Goshen, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 20, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Sill, Oklahoma
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of North Carolina
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2011

    Summer of the sea serpent is a great read!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I loved "Summer of the sea serpent"! It is my favorite out of all the ones i've read!!!!

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2009

    Summer of the Sea Serpent By Alex

    If you like awesome stories, you should read Magic Tree House Summer of the Sea Serpent. I think this was a great book! The writing and the illustrations were by Mary Pope Osborne. In the story, two kids named Jack and Annie go on an adventure to a sea and fight a giant serpent, try to get a shiny, gold sword and even turn into a seals! I think this book was incredible! The story had a bunch of magic almost everywhere! All the pictures are amazing like the serpent, the sword, the jelly fishes, the seals, and under water. The story was the best fiction I ever read! The story had about 12 chapters in it. There are people that come from Camelot to where Jack and Annie are too! This book has some more challenging words in it. I think this book is good for boys and girls. I hope you'll like this book when you read Summer of the Sea Serpent!

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Yes yes yes

    Its the best book in the series

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

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    Seaside Adventure.

    Annie and Jack are off on another grand adventure. Jump into their world of fantasy and enjoy a trip into the world of water and meet all kinds of sea creatures, especially the sea serpent. Annie and Jack must recover a valuable item, do you know what it is? Well, you will soon discover it as you read this fascinating tale with a wonderful storyline; you are sure to be engrossed with this seaside adventure.Plenty of action, adventure, and fun with many twists & turns are ahead for you. If you enjoy reading this novel, you will probably enjoy the other Magic Tree House works of fiction. Enjoy!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Love it

    I dont like I love!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Myfave

    The best

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Good

    Good
    Good
    Good

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Great

    My favorit part was when they got the sword

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    March 17, 2013

    Best magic tree house book in the series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Nice

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"""!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    I read the book Summer of the Sea Serpent. It¿s a story about tw

    I read the book Summer of the Sea Serpent. It’s a story about two kids who travel to a land and they have to find a magical sword. I think you should read this book because it’s full of adventure. It has a giant snake in it. There also is a giant spider. They find a magic sword. They travel to a world just like Camelot. They find two seals and one of them is Teddy. I think you should read it because it is a pretty good book. So this is my persuasive opinion about this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Awesome!

    Summer of the sea surfent

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    U should............

    U should also read the reserch guides!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Awesome book

    I love this book its so cool it has magic in it every word u read is magic i sireasly recomend this book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Good not what I wanted .

    She's back! in the nonstoping episodes people be a ware that the thrilling books will keep you ongoing read Crazy Day With Cobras and Lepercan Inn Late Winter.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    good

    this tree house book is really good so fare. going to read more of them. :)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    IT IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!

    It is the best book I have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2011

    Amazing

    Grate book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2011

    Pretty good

    Hmmmm......

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!

    I love this book so much

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